LCSO: Speed and fog factors in head-on crash

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. - Multiple people were hurt in a head-on crash Sunday night that happened on an icy stretch of Applegate Trail near Highway 36, the Lane County Sheriff's Office said.

Emergency crews were called out to the crash at around 6 p.m. Sunday, reported on Applegate Trail near Highway 36.

After reconstructing the crash, sheriff's deputies said that a southbound Toyota Corolla driven by Kristen Albright, 27 of Junction City, crossed over the center lane when going around a corner on Applegate Trail and hit a Chevy Malibu head-on.

Officials said that emergency responders had to free both of the drivers and two passengers inside the Chevy from the wrecked cars. Each person in the crash was wearing a seatbelt when the cars hit, investigators said.

The Sheriff's Office said that the Malibu's driver, Kevin Sheffield, 42 of Junction City, and a 70-year-old male riding in the car were admitted to Sacred Heart at RiverBend for their injuries. A 65-year-old woman also in the Malibu was treated and released at the Sacred Heart emergency room.

Albright was also taken to the RiverBend emergency room where she was treated and released.

Crews closed off both ends of Applegate Trail that meet up with Highway 36 and Territorial Highway as deputies and state police officials worked the crash scene.

The car's speed coupled with the foggy and icy conditions contributed to the crash, investigators said.


STATE POLICE SAID:

Due to the thick fog and icy conditions, travelers should follow these precautions:

  • Slow down and increase your following distance.
  • Disengage your cruise control.
  • Use your low beams.
  • Use the right edge of the road, white fog line or roadside reflectors as a guide.
  • Do not change lanes or pass other vehicles unless necessary.
  • If you pull off the road, pull over as far as possible and turn off your headlights.